Homesteading Skills

I guess I will be call a fear monger for posting things such as this but so be it. I've never paid much attention to name calling in the first place.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am all about re-educating Americans to their true Founding Documents as they are written and not as they have been interpreted by a government that has only IT'S best interest at heart.

However, along with the duty and responsibility I believe I, and in fact ALL of us, have to do that, we also have the responsibility to take care of ourselves and our families. We have the responsibility to be as prepared as we can be for any disaster or emergency that comes our way. The reality of our future is that we WILL suffer some disaster or emergency in the Country and it possibly will affect a large number of us.

It is NOT the place of government to do that for us. If we choose to think that way, we are doing nothing except making ourselves slaves of that same government because they are NOT going to do it without cost to US. That cost will ALWAYS be to the tune of our monies and our freedoms and liberties.

I personally am not willing to give those things up for something that I can and should do for myself.

In recent years, the term prepper has been sensationalized. Usually in a derogatory way. It has now become non-politically correct to provide for yourself and your family. If you don't depend on government you are shunned and denigrated. That could not be farther from what the Founders intended for us as a Country. In fact, it's an insult to them and the legacy they left us.

In fact, if you are NOT a prepper, you are doing yourself, your family, your community, and your Country a disservice.

There are a tremendous number of sites out there that tell you what to do and they provide you with a load of excellent information. What I'm going to provide here will be the basics but it will keep you from starving to death and initially that will be the biggest challenge that will have to be faced to keep the government out of your life.

I know this information is out on the internet somewhere but I'm not sure who to credit for it. I will just say it's not my original idea. What this is will provide the basic nutritional needs for a family of 4 to eat for one year. It's not gourmet or even a big variety. What it IS, is easy and cheap to get.

The reason I'm publishing this now is because I have a strong sense that our time is growing exponentially shorter by the day. If you are not already prepared, the time to do so might be extremely short. What I'm presenting here is something that most could do in a week or at most a month's time even on a very limited budget. Then from that point, you can build as you have time and money to do so to even more fill out your pantry.

Here are the list of food items you will need. This is the original "recipe" I have but I will make notes on the easiest way to accomplish it.

  • 4 x 22 pounds of white rice rice. I prefer 2 - 50# bags from Costco, Sams or anywhere else you can get it.
  • 2 x 11 pounds of Kidney Beans.  (22 one pound bags)
  • 2 x 11 pounds of barley.  (22 one pound bags)
  • 2 x 11 pounds of yellow lentils.  (22 one pound bags)
  • 1 x 5.5 pounds of split green peas.  (6 one pound bags)
  • 1 x 5.5 chick peas/garbanzo beans.  (6 one pound bags)
  • 30 pounds beef or chicken bouillon.  (or both) It will be added to each batch as you cook it.

Internet sources are the cheapest for the legumes and bouillon. I also prefer an NON-msg bouillon myself but that is your choice. Just search the internet and you will find many sources for all the items. I try to buy all I can from a single source to save shipping but that is not always possible.

Certainly you can buy all these items locally and there is some benefit to that such as paying cash so it cannot be tracked by the government if they choose to do that. You will most likely pay more but not a tremendous amount.

So what does this cost? Are you sitting down?

How about $250 or possibly less. That is ONE YEAR'S worth of food for a family of FOUR!

Now, I didn't say you would get fat on it. Or enjoy it. But you would not starve on it. However, I consider it to be just a "base" for a starting point.

Consider this. This is a soup recipe. This is how you use the these ingredients.

8 oz of rice

2 oz of red kidney beans

2 oz of pearl barley

2 oz of lintels

1 oz of split green peas

1 oz of chick peas/garbanzo’s

Bouillon to taste

Mix all the ingredients with 6-7 cups of water and boil until the ingredients are soft, probably around an hour. I personally would soak the kidney beans overnight before cooking them to speed cooking and make them more digestible.  This should be enough to feed 4 adults for 2 days, especially if you can make bread to go along with it.

Now this is the good part. This is just the base. Add meat, dried or fresh vegetables, garlic, potatoes, or just about anything you can think of and have on hand.

See where this is going? From this point the possibilities are just about endless which means this can apply to many varied tastes by varying the ingredients and any spices you have in stock. Stock some wheat and you can grind flour to make your own bread.

So after you have this stocked you can then begin working on stocking your other ingredients to increase the quantity and quality of the food you will have to eat.

Another source of savings and food storage is canning and drying your own food. You can pressure can all the various meats to use with these ingredients and you can also dry all the vegetables like potatoes, green beans, okra, carrots, onions, and many others.

So see how easily and quickly this can happen. It's not the difficult or outrageously expensive situation that many make it out to be.

Really there is no excuse not to do it. Most people blow that amount of money each month on going out to eat or other entertainment. Don't become a refugee, prepare now while you have the chance.

What is your family's safety and security worth to you? Get started today.

One of my favorite sayings is that ignorance is curable with knowledge.

In fact, ignorance is merely a lack of knowledge. To be ignorant of something is not something to be ashamed of. Not being willing or trying to cure that ignorance though, now that is a different matter.

Several years ago, I realized how ignorant I was of knowledge and especially particular skills that I felt were needed by anyone who intended to be self sufficient.

I'm just an everyday guy who want's the best for his family. I have always been a handyman type person. The jack of all trades and master of none. I knew a little about a lot of things. However, I found myself lacking in what I would call "homesteading skills".

I made a conscious decision to gain the knowledge and skills I felt I needed so I began the journey.

What did I do first? READ! READ! READ!

I had never been an avid reader at all but as I started I found that it was something I truly enjoyed. It had probably been years, as in decades, since I had read a book from cover to cover. As I started this quest for knowledge I read dozens of different books. Some I bought to have for future reference. Some I got from the library. Some I read online.

This is a step that ANYONE can take immediately.

I read about gardening techniques. How to raise livestock. Blacksmithing. Knife making. Gunsmithing. Military matters and tactics. Solar energy. Herbal medicine. Essential oils. First Aid. How to drill wells. On and on and on. I continue to this day. Any subject that I thought might be of use to me, my family, and my community, I read about.

The knowledge I gained was tremendous.

Could I do all of the things I read about and do them well? Heck know BUT, I know what it takes and could figure it out if the necessity arose. At least I would know where and how to start.

So, you ask how can I start to take control of my life and begin to withdraw myself from government controls and retake my freedom?

I say again READ!

Begin with the basics. Food, shelter, water, clothing.

Begin reading about skills pertaining to those four categories.

To begin with I read multiple gardening books. Books on how to build different types of housing like timber framing, straw bale, cob, and others. I read about how to drill your own well, how to purify water, how to store water. I read about how to tan leather and make clothing from it, how to sew, how to knit, how to make linen from plant fibers.

Will I ever need some of that knowledge? Probably not, but that isn't really the point. If you have the knowledge, it can't be taken away from you just in case you DO ever need it. That alone makes you more free.

So just start. It's easy. Over the last 4-5 years I've acquired quite a nice library, mostly electronic, of reference material which I have stored on multiple sources. You can do it too.

Your freedom IS worth some effort isn't it?

More specifics on the way!